Posing Tips for Curvy Models

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Someone once said, “A woman without curves is like jeans without pockets,” and I couldn’t agree more. I believe everyone regardless of your shape or size can have a portrait taken that they will fall in love with.

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Posing babies from birth to age 2

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Photographing babies can be a very rewarding experience. Yes, they can be unpredictable but capturing their innocence, personality and testing your patience is all part of the fun. However, knowing the right baby poses can be difficult.

Cheltenham wedding and portrait photographer Kelly Weech discusses some of the best baby poses to use during the first two years of a child’s life. This time is marked by constant developments, and she suggests which baby poses will best capture a child’s personality at different ages.

Newborn photography

In the first two weeks newborns sleep a lot. This is the perfect time to capture photographs with a sense of purity.

Newborn babies can be very daunting to work with especially if you do not have children yourself. The Anne Geddes posing has become very popular but should not be attempted without proper training.

But there are still lots of opportunities to capture priceless images without being hands on.

Baby Poses: newborn photography

This image was taken over mom’s shoulder at just 2 two days old. She was sat down on a bed facing towards natural light and I cropped in very tight to capture those beautiful eyes and relaxed expression.

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33 myths of the professional photographer

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The professional photographer is often associated with a glamorous lifestyle and lots of money. However, sadly this stereotype is not the reality.

Professional female portrait photographer Kelly Weech debunks 33 of the most common myths of the professional photographer and reveals what life is really like for those who get paid to take pictures.

33 Myths of the Professional Photographer

All photos copyright Kelly Weech, www.kweechphotography.com

Myth 1 – To be a photographer, you just press a button, right?

Many believe with the clever technology of digital cameras today you simply point and shoot; however, this is simply not the case. You can have the best camera in the world but if you only use it on auto you might as well own a compact (see our 44 essential digital camera tips and tricks).

Myth 2 – Anyone with a nice or expensive camera can be a pro

Being a professional photographer is more than just the gear and equipment we own. It is about running a business and making a living to survive not just taking pretty photographs (hear more professionals sound off: 50 photography tips from famous photographers to jobbing pros).

Myth 3 – When in doubt, 1/125sec @ f8 always works

No it will not always work. Professionals know how to handle lighting situations and the problems you may encounter to still get the shot. Particularly at a wedding, there will be no second chances so you best know how to capture the dark church to the bright midday sun (check out our guide to Common mistakes at every shutter speed – and the best settings to use).

Myth 4 – All pro photographers act in a professional manner

Unfortunately not all professional photographers know or understand that to be a professional you are servicing the needs of a client and not your hobby. A true professional knows how to act and handle people in most situations that may arise.

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The reality of becoming a professional photographer

As 2011 draws to a close, you may be considering taking the leap into the world of full-time professional photography. In a new 12 part series in Photography Monthly magazine, freelance photographer KELLY WEECH shares her experiences and advice. This month, she discusses the reality of being self-employed and starting a photography business on a shoestring.

Some people believe a new year is the perfect time for a new challenge, but turning your dream into reality involves a life-changing decision and you must consider the preparations that are needed before you make such a massive commitment. As a photographer who has recently made that leap, I found in retrospect that most of the articles offering me advice had only given a glimpse of the reality of becoming a full-time pro and had overlooked many aspects. So I have decided to offer realistic advice to those looking to take the next step, in a new series of business features that describe how to overcome the potential obstacles.

The prospect of being your own boss and choosing your working hours can be very appealing; however, the photography market is oversaturated and to succeed you need to be 110 per cent committed. The majority of photographers within the industry are employed on a freelance basis and the reality is that 80 per cent of your time will be spent running a business, handling finance and marketing to find new clients. You need to love both photography and the business side to be a key player in this market.

Before you make the leap into self-employment you need to be realistic and begin by planning and addressing how you could make it work for you, because everyone’s situation is different. Business Link, the free business advice and support service, states that “businesses are most vulnerable to failure during the early years of trading, with 20 per cent of new businesses folding within their first year and 50 per cent within their first three years.” This could be due to various factors, but these are the main points to consider, so you enter the industry with your eyes open.

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